Date: 8th January 2018 at 11:08am
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Japan international Yosuke Ideguchi will receive a work permit from the UK to play for Leeds United, according to a reliable journalist.

Yorkshire Evening Post reported Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account on Monday that Ideguchi, 21, is due to have his medical with the Whites on Monday but although he will earn a work permit, he will still be loaned out to Spanish second-tier side Cultural Leonesa until the end of the season.

It is understood that Ideguchi is due to sign a four-year deal at Leeds on Tuesday to complete his transfer from J-League outfit Gamba Osaka.

Leeds have already confirmed that a deal is in place for Ideguchi to be snapped up this month, but it very much seems as though the Japan international midfielder has been signed with a view to him starring next season.

Last season, Ideguchi made 39 appearances across all competitions for Gamba Osaka, scoring five goals and supplying nine assists in the process.

Football Insider verdict

Ideguchi seems like he will be a very good signing for Leeds but sending him out on loan to Cultural Leonesa is simply bizarre. The Spanish second-tier is not a good league at all and it would have no doubt been better to have shipped out the Japan international to a top-flight league in Europe. Leeds’ link to the Aspire Academy is likely to play a big role in this and there link to the Qatar-based football foundation seems like it may be problematic. KAS Eupen’s bizarre announcement that they signed Yuta Toyokawa on loan from Leeds was one of the oddest moments of the transfer window so far, so there’s clearly a breakdown in communication somewhere between the affiliated clubs.

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